Early morning construction protest: Langford man sounds off by rocking out


WATCH: A Langford man who was woken up by construction work early this morning is fighting back in his own way. The 22-year-old sounding off by playing rock music. Isabelle Raghem reports. 

The West Shore’s newest act was rocking out on Treanor Avenue in Langford early Monday morning.

“My neighbour Josh came out with the drums and guitar and I thought he was gonna post them for sale but no he was showing off his musical talents,” says Langford resident Elana Spilberg-Biranbaum. “It was quite the show.”

But who is the headliner gaining a lot of attention?

“We actually all are a band together,” says 22-year-old Josh Mather as he points to construction crews, “I call us the ‘Loud Obnoxious Morningers’ and we came out with our first single today called: “It’s 7 a.m. and I don’t give a damn.”

Mather says his spontaneous rock show is his way of sounding off against early morning construction.

“[It was] very early, very loud, my dogs were going nuts, and I couldn’t go back to sleep at that point. I was frazzled.”

Crews started setting up on a neighbour’s front lawn around 7 a.m. to install a gas line.

Shortly after, Mather brought out his drum kit and guitar to the street.

Neighbours began posting videos of the demonstration online, most of whom were fans of the performance.

“I’m okay with it, it’s a free band,” says one neighbour chuckling.

“Better than the sound the construction was making so I enjoyed it,” adds Spilberg-Biranbaum.

“I had few people tell me I’m their hero. I had some people tell me to go inside,” adds Mather.

An online video shows one worker dancing along. Crews say they are much happier to get a show than the earful they sometimes get from angry neighbours.

“People don’t usually like when we jackhammer, [so] I think this is a lot better,” says Canadian Utility Construction worker Corey Goncalves.

“I wanted to make a point and I think it was made,” adds Mather, “Don’t wake me up at 7 a.m.”

A musician who hopes he won’t be playing an encore Tuesday morning.

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